No string required to roll this chicken up! This is two dishes that just happens to be made in one pan. The yummy juices from the chicken mingles with the salty prosciutto as it drips onto the potato. It’s like potato gratin made with the best chicken broth ever!
I didn’t realise until I wrote the recipe out that this is actually a one pan dish. It’s a “fancy enough for company” midweek meal I’ve been making for years. You know when you’ve made a recipe so many times it becomes second nature to you? I actually had to weigh and write the ingredients down properly when I made it to share the recipe with you!
So you might be wondering why I intentionally make this in one pan, without the primary objective being less washing? Well, it’s simply because of extra flavour! I have a hang up about not wasting flavour. I am big on deglazing pans (the brown bits on the pan is gold!), I make things like this Julia Child Zucchini Tian which is made using the juices squeezed out of the zucchini (this is truly a genius recipe), and of course I’m a big fan of meals made entirely in one pot so all the flavour is trapped and makes it onto my dinner plate!
These scalloped potatoes….they are just GOLD. For something made with so few ingredients, the flavour is out of this world. And the secret is the chicken juice which drips onto the potatoes while they are baking via the salty prosciutto (more free flavour, more free flavour!).
The other little secret tip I have is making the surface of the potatoes golden brown pretty much all over. There’s no denying that plonking chicken on top while it bakes means you get less browning on top on some parts of the surface of the potatoes. To get around this, firstly, I make sure to use a large baking dish or ovenproof skillet (pictured), so there is at least 50% of the surface area of the potatoes not covered by the chicken.
And secondly, right at the very end while the chicken is resting, I scatter over some parmesan, crank the heat right up to max and pop the potatoes back in for 5 minutes to brown the top.
Check out these golden brown potatoes!
The concept behind this recipe is the same as my One Pan Rotisserie Chicken on Potato Gratin. But I think it’s fancier because it’s STUFFED!
Oh – speaking of stuffed – no fussy kitchen string required for these! The prosciutto effectively holds the chicken roll up together, then I just stick some toothpicks in the ends to seal it (just roughly is enough). Sometimes I don’t even bother with the toothpicks. What happens is that some of the ricotta comes oozing out of the side like sausages – like the photo on the right (from another time I made this 🙂 ). Though it means there is less ricotta inside, I really love the bits that ooze out because they brown. So delish!
If you are making this to impress (think your hubby’s boss, date etc), you can either use a rolling pin to flatten the chicken more evenly or use scissors (or a knife) to trim the lump parts of the chicken so when it is cut open, the ricotta filling is perfectly centred.
I sometimes trim the chicken slightly but I’ve never bothered flattening it because this is one of my shortcut recipes. 🙂
Speaking of shortcut, the key thing in this that really makes it “work” with so few ingredients is the prosciutto. It adds flavour and salt to both the chicken and the potatoes, plus texture to the dish as a whole because it is quite crispy. It won’t work as well with bacon because it is much thicker. Jamon will work just as well though!
What do you think? Worth trying? 😉
– Nagi x
- 2/3 cup ricotta
- Zest of 1 small lemon , or 1/2 large lemon
- 1 1/2 tsp finely sliced fresh sage leaves (Note 1)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 4 chicken thigh fillets , skinless and boneless (about 5 - 7 oz / 150 - 200g each)
- 4 long or 8 small thin slices of prosciutto
- 1.5 lb / 750 g potatoes , peeled and cut into thin slices
- 1 garlic clove , crushed (optional)
- 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil + 1/2 tbsp extra olive oil
- 1 tsp dried thyme leaves
- 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan
- Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 180C/350F.
Mix together the Ricotta Filling ingredients in a small bowl.
Lay out the prosciutto on a work surface. Place chicken lengthwise at the bottom of each strip.
Divide Ricotta Filling between the chicken, placing it at the bottom (closest to you).
Roll up the chicken, wrapping it in the prosciutto, finishing with the seam side down. Not too tightly otherwise the ricotta will ooze out!
Use toothpicks to seal the ends. (Note 2)
Spread the potato slices on the base of a roasting dish or large ovenproof skillet. Fan them out so they are overlapping slightly.
Mix together 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil and garlic then pour over the potatoes, using a teaspoon or brush to spread it out. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and thyme leaves.
Place chicken on top of the potato, drizzle the chicken with 1/2 tbsp olive oil and bake for 40 minutes.
Remove chicken onto a plate to rest, covered loosely with foil.
Sprinkle the potatoes with parmesan cheese, then return just the potatoes back into the oven and turn up the oven to maximum. Bake for 5 minutes.
Remove potatoes from the oven. Place chicken back on top.
1. To measure this, scrunch up sage leaves into a tight wad then slice it as thinly as you can. Then pinch the finely sliced sage and gently pack it into a teaspoon (plus another 1/2 tsp!) to measure it.
Thyme is also a lovely herb for this. Use the same quantity of fresh thyme or 3/4 tsp dried thyme leaves.
2. This isn't a critical step. Most of the time I don't bother. The ricotta partially oozes out of each side, kind of like a mini ricotta sausage sticking out of the chicken! 🙂 And it browns which I like!
3. Nutrition per serving.